“This variant may be escaping our antibodies and causing infections, but it is almost certainly not escaping all of our immune system and causing severe disease or worse even in people with vaccination and or prior infection in any substantial numbers … That is a relief … And yet… We still don’t know all we should because the world is no longer uniform for some of the most important variables: prior infections and vaccination.” Zeynep Tufekci on the latest Omicron possibilities. The Still Not Sure Edition.

+ We’re sure that being vaccinated and boosted is a hell of a lot better way to go. But that’s if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where you have vaccines that provide a good defense against Omicron. NYT: Most of the World’s Vaccines Likely Won’t Prevent Infection From Omicron.

+ And here’s a viral blast from the past: 48 Test Positive for COVID-19 on Royal Caribbean Ship Returned to Miami.